Joop Breuer, RN CEN CCRN FAEN, is in his first year as a member of the Emergency Nurses Association Board of Directors.
Born in the Netherlands near the German border, he finished nursing School in 1980, and after serving in the army medical corps in the Netherlands, he started his ICU training in The Hague from which he graduated with honors. After working in the ICU at Leiden University Medical Centre, he was asked to do a summer rotation in the emergency department of the Level I trauma center. At that point he immediately knew he wanted to switch to the ED. Since that switch, he as worked in several roles in the LUMC emergency department, including: staff nurse, managment, and, currently, as education coordinator and charge nurse with stretcherside responsibilities.
Breuer has been an active member of the Dutch equivalent of the ENA, and is currently a member of the board of certification for ER nurses education in the Netherlands. He became an ENA member in 1998, but his involvement with ENA started in 1997 when he was one of the first nurses to take TNCC in his country. He was responsible for the dissemenation of TNCC in the Netherlands from 2005 until 2019. He is active in ENA in different positions: member/chairperson of ENA’s International Advisory Council; author and reviewer for JEN; and, most recently, as a member of the Position Statements Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing.
As ENA’s first international board member, Breuer plans to share his knowledge of emergency nursing from an international perspective. He believes this expanded view benefits ENA as emergency nurses around the world face common challenges in providing safe, quality care.
Term as Director: January 2019 - December 2021